18 May 2018
Coffs Harbour is beautiful coastal city located on the NSW North Coast, known for its beaches, water activities, marine life and spectacular views.Those travelling from Sydney can embark on a 6 hour car journey to this charming destination. Alternatively, transform your trip into a fully fledged road adventure with pit stops at popular spots along the Central Coast and North Coast, such as Gosford, Newcastle and Port Macquarie. Once you’ve arrived at Coffs, you’ll be guaranteed countless places to explore and things to do.
Check out some fun things to do below and start planning your trip!
You haven’t been to Coffs Harbour if you haven’t stopped by Australia’s original and most famous ‘Big Thing’ tourist attraction, the iconic Big Banana. More than just a ridiculously large fruit-shaped landmark, visitors can continue to go bananas at the Big Banana Fun Park. Take a deep breath as you venture down their brand new giant slide known as “The Racer’, which spans a total of 83 metres in length. Enjoy a huge selection of rides and activities across the fun park, including water slides, mini golf, tobogganing, laser tag and much more.
Lovers of the sand and sea are most welcome in Coffs Harbour, with several beaches along its coastline just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Those looking to catch a few waves should head to Park Beach, considered to be Coff’s main spot for surfing, as well as fishing and a range of water sports. Visitors can also pop on over to Park Beach Reserve and enjoy other fun beachside activities like barbecues and picnics. If that’s not enough, there’s also
Jetty Beach a protected beach popular among families, and Diggers Beach, which is conveniently situated close to the Big Banana. The area at Diggers is wide and sheltered, making conditions perfect for a long stroll across the shore.
Coffs Harbour offers up some of the most incredible opportunities to view and interact with some of the ocean’s most magical creatures. Explore amazing marine life at the Solitary Islands Aquarium and the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the third largest marine protected area in NSW. Some of Coff’s most amazing marine life experiences includes watching humpback whales as they migrate along the blue oceans of the North Coast. To meet friendly seals and go swimming with dolphins, head to Dolphin Marine Magic, the only zoological park in all of NSW with dolphins on display.
Take to the Eastern Side lookout at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve for breathtaking views of the Solitary Islands. Bring along your binoculars and look up to the skies to closely spot birds such as the migratory wedge-tailed shearwater, or look down to the waters for humpback whales during the much anticipated whale-watching season. The area, which is also known as Giidany Miirlarl, is a naturally beautiful area in Coffs to explore with others or to simply enjoy on your own. Discover the area’s Aboriginal heritage with an award-winning guided Discovery tour conducted by local Gumbaynggirr rangers, and learn more about the Aboriginal stories of the Dreaming and the Muttonbird.